Additional Certification for EL/Bilingual Teachers

The ACE initiative is a course of study that enables current Delaware teachers to prepare for an additional certification as a Teacher of English Learners or a Bilingual Teacher.

The 2021/2022 cohort is still accepting participants from all Delaware districts and charters. Please complete this form to express interest in this or a future cohort.

ACE participants take the 5 classes required for EL/Bilingual Teacher certification by the Delaware Department of Education:

  • EDUC 672 – Teaching English as a Second Language
  • EDUC 740 – Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners
  • LING 699 – Issues in Teaching ELs: Second Language Acquisition & Bilingualism
  • LING 677 – The Structure of English
  • LLCU 624 – Second Language Testing

All courses are three credits. Courses will be available fully online at least until Fall 2022 (in-person options are also be available, per UD coronavirus guidelines). The program takes approximately 15-18 months to complete.

The Delaware Department of Education also requires a passing score of 149 on the Praxis II ESOL test (5362) for certification as a Teacher of English Learners. Bilingual teachers do not need to take Praxis but must also demonstrate proficiency in their non-English language and must hold another subject or area certification.

Several sources of funding may be available to substantially reduce the cost of tuition. For more information, please see our FAQ page.

In addition, it is possible to apply the 5 ACE courses towards UD’s MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (subject to admission requirements).

For more information, please contact us.


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